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NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Clash Fantasy Rundown

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This week unofficially starts the NASCAR season as about half the regular field of 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series drivers will race this coming Saturday night, February 18th, with the Fox Sports 1 broadcast starting at 8 p.m. EST.

The Advance Auto Parts Clash is a non-points paying event at Daytona International Speedway featuring a select field of Cup drivers, eligible because they either won a Coors Light Pole Award in 2016, are former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners (who competed full-time in 2016) or made the Chase (now called the Playoffs) last season and raced for the championship.

The format: A 75-lap, 187.5-mile race which will be split into two segments. A competition caution at Lap 25 will separate the segments.

Here are the 20 eligible drivers, listed alphabetically, and fantasy players should pay close attention because if they start a driver who isn’t eligible that wheelman will generate absolutely zero points.

NOTE: Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart are listed below but one is suspiciously retired (Cousin Carl), another quit Roush Fenway Racing while he was behind as opposed to ahead (the Biffster) and after 20 years Smoke is definitely done as a NASCAR driver. None are on the pick list for the Attesa FanRag Super 7 Sweep fantasy game so just pretend they don’t exist anymore.

PLUS … despite Dale Jr. being eligible to compete in race the No. 88 Chevy will be driven by Alex Bowman, who did so well subbing for Junior last season after the series 2003-2016 Most Popular Driver was sidelined due to concussion complications. Nice gesture by Hendrick Motorsports. So don’t start Little E this weekend. He’ll be doing TV instead of driving.

1. Chris Buescher (2016 playoff qualifier)

2. Greg Biffle (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

3. Alex Bowman (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

4. Kurt Busch (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

5. Kyle Busch (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

6. Austin Dillon (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Former Clash Race winner)

8. Carl Edwards (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

9. Chase Elliott (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

10. Denny Hamlin (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

11. Kevin Harvick (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

12. Jimmie Johnson (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

13. Matt Kenseth (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

14. Brad Keselowski (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

15. Kyle Larson (2016 playoff qualifier)

16. Joey Logano (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

17. Jamie McMurray (2016 playoff qualifier)

18. Danica Patrick (Former Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

19. Tony Stewart (Former Clash Race winner)

20. Martin Truex Jr. (2016 Coors Light Pole Award winner)

And finally … 2016 NASCAR Xfinity champion Daniel Suarez will compete in the race as Cousin Carl’s replacement. And no, they’re not allowing Clint Bowyer to sub for Stewart — although they certainly could and probably should.

The starting lineup will be determined by draw so qualifying points, if your driver finishes in the top 16, will be determined by the racing gods.

And remember, when NASCAR race cars are unleashed on the two restrictor plate tracks, the gods are truly in charge. There might even be a ‘Big One’ during the Clash, just because all the cars will be nose to tail with no room to avoid trouble when it inevitably comes.

If you’ve signed up for the Attesa FanRag Super 7 Sweep fantasy game your lineup is due by midnight this Friday or 12:00 a.m. Saturday morning. And if you haven’t submitted your picks yet, go to fmfl.net now and good luck!

 

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